I've used them once in a while when I was away for a long time, mostly around the Downtown L.A. area though.
One thing that good doggie day care places do is make sure that your doggie has all their shots - plus they have them come over for a bit to see how sociable they are. This one place even lets doggies stay overnight, with a person in a room ... and the doggies are allowed to sleep on the bed with them too.
I'd say investigate what services are in your area and check them out. If something doesn't feel right ... then trust your instincts.
There's a place in Huntington Beach called Doggietown, USA and it's great! I take my dogs there when I go out of town. It's a cage free kennel where they play with dogs the same size they are. My dogs are always exhausted when I pick them up because they play all day.
It's clean. The staff is phenomenal. I trust them completely.
And if you're too far away from them, I'm sure you could call and they'd give you a referral.
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Originally Posted by Mouse princess
Of course I am worried about your mental health. I want happiness for all. Like we can all be like the Smurfs. But without Gargomel. He was mean.
Have you thought about a petsitter vs. the doggie day care?
I'd rather hire the petsitter than put my doggie in a day care no matter what the cost. And it's only because I would want my dog in the most familiar surroundings and where he would feel the most comfortable. This is just my opinion.
But I'm with Liz. Do some investigation regarding the facility. I hear too many horror stories in the pet day care.
The good thing about the doggy day cares, though, is that they are no longer allowing breeds such as mine in. That's a good thing. All dogs fight and attack, but if you go up against my guy, you're going to lose, 24/7, and my dog will get blamed. So, your dog is safe b/c the big guys aren't in there, mine is safe by not getting provoked and tearing yours to bits.
Thanks for all the input, everyone. We are also kicking around the pet sitter / dog walker idea. But we are not crazy about strangers in the house. IndiannaJenn, HB would be fairly close to where we'd work (Costa Mesa), so we might check them out.
You could always alternate, too. Doggie day care Monday, dog sitter Tuesday, Doggie Day Care Wednesday, etc.
That way the dog has breaks from all the play and action with other dogs, but still gets the opportunity to interact. Dogs are just as social as us and really really relish the chance to play with other dogs.
I used to work at a PetSmart that had a PetsHotel. The dogs *always* left there absolutely exhausted and happy.